Woman Local Premiers 2000-2010

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership




This is a listing of female chiefs of governments both of federal states and provincial with various degrees of autonomy
Women Local Leaders

2000-02 Premier Pat Duncan, Yukon (Canada) 

Leader of Liberal Party since 1997 and Leader of the Opposition until 2000. She appointed a cabinet with three female and three male members apart from herself. 

2000 President of the Executive Committee Nuria Abdulahi, Harari (Ethiopia)

Only in office for around one month.

2000-03 Chairperson of the People's Government Uyunqing, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (China) 
Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party since 1994 and on 28.8.00 she became 1st Vice-chair of the government and acting chair from the same day. She was acting chair until she was elected to the post in February 2001. (b. 1941-)

2000-01 and 2007-08 Government President Dr.  Rita Fuhrer, Kanton Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Social Affairs and Safety (Police) 1995-99 and Social Affairs from 1999. She was  Vice-Government President 1999-2000 and 2006-07.

2000 and 2004 Frau Landammann Ruth Gisi-Wilisegger, Kanton Solothurn (Switzerland)
Ruth Gisi has been Councillor of Education 1997-2006 and Vice-Landammann 1999 and 2003.

2000-01 President of the Government Dora Andres, Kanton Ber (Switzerland)

Councillor of Police and Military from 1996 and 1999-2000 Vice-President of the Government.


2000 and 2004 President of the Government Jacqueline Maurer-Mayor, Vaud (Switzerland)

President of the Grand Council (Parliament) 1996-97 and Chief of Economy Department 1997-2007 and in 1999 she was Vice-President of the Government Cou. In August 2000 she took absence of leave to be treated for an illness.

2000-10 President Maria Rita Lorenzetti, Regione de Umbria (Italy)

Councillor of Social Services in the City of Foligno 1975-84 when she was elected Mayor. She was a MP from 1987. (1953-)

2001-02 and 2006-07 President of the Government  Barbara Schneider, Basel Stadt (Switzerland)
Councillor of Building and Industrial Works from 1996 and was Vice-President of the Government 2000-01 and 2005-06.

2001 and 2005 President of the Government Dr. Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf, Graubünden (Switzerland)
Councillor of Finance and Military 1998-2007 and Vice-President of the Government in 2000 and 2004. and Federal Councillor of Justice and Police 2008-10 and Federal Councillor of Finance 2010-15 and Federal President in 2012.

2001-02 President of the Council of State Monika Dusong, Republique and Canton of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Councillor of State and Chief of Justice, Health and Security 1997-2005,  Vice-President of the State-Council 2000-01.

2001-02 and 2007-08 President of the Government Lic.phil Kathrin Hilber, St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Since 1996 Councillor of State and Director of Interior and Military.

2001-02 President of the Council of State Micheline Calmy Rey, Génčve (Switzerland)
President of the Grand Conseil 1993 and has been Councillor of Finance since 1997 and in 2000-01 Vice-President of the Government. Federal Foreign Minister since 2003, Confederal Vice-President in 2006 and President in 2007. (b. 1945-).

2001-04 Prime Minister Natalya Partasova, Republic of Chuvashia (Russia)

1st Deputy Prime Minister when she became chief of the government of Chuvash (b. 1957).

2001-07 Chief Minister Clare Martin, Northern Territory (Australia)

Leader of Labour 1999-2007 and of the Opposition 1999-2001. 

2001-02 Minister in Charge Regina Phiri of the Eastern Province (Zambia)

Minister in Charge of the Eastern Province in the central government 

2002 President of the Government Francine Jeanprętre, Vaud (Switzerland)

Chief of the Education and Youth Department 1998-2002 and Vice-President in 2001.

2002-04 Landammann Dr. Gabi Huber, Uri (Switzerland)

Director of Finance and Interior 1996-2004 and Frau Landesstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government) 2000-02.

2002-03 and 2007-08 President of the Council of State Patrizia Pesenti, Ticino (Switzerland)

Since 1999 Director of Social Affairs  (b. 1958). 

2002-04 President of the Regional Council Elisabeth Morin, Poitou-Charentes (France) 

Former vice-President. (b. 1947-).

2003 Schultheiss Margit Fischer-Williman, Luzern (Switzerland)

Councillor of Military, Police and Environment 1999-2003. (b. 1947-).

2003-07 Landammann Alice Scherrer-Baumann, Appenzell-Ausserrhoden  (Switzerland)

Government Councillor and Director of Health 1994-2007.

2003-04 Landammann Maria Küchler-Flury, Obwalden (Switzerland)

Councillor of Economy 1992-2006 and Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government) 2002-03 

2003-07 President of the Region Luzmila Templo Condeso, Huánuco (Peru)

Mayor of Huánuco from around 1993. 

2003-07 President of the Region María Cristala Constantínides Rosado, Moquegua (Peru)

Former Provincial Mayor of  Mariscal Nieto. (b. 1944-).

2003-07 President of the Region Dra. Rosa Yris Medina Feijóo, Tumbes (Peru)

Member of Apra, and President of the local branch of the National Council of Women and worked with handicapped children. (b. 1940-)

2003-12 President of the Government Esperanza Aguirre y Gil de Biedma, the Autonomous Community of Madrid (Spain)

1983-87 President of Partido Popular of Madrid, 1991-96 Deputy Mayor of the City of Madrid for Environment and 1996-99 Minister of Education and Culture, 1999-2002 President of the Senate and unsuccesful candidate for the post of Mayor of the City of Madrid in 2015. (b. 1952-).

2003-08 and 2013- Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje, Rajastan (India)

Held various portfolios as Union Minister of State 1998-2003. Her full name is Vasundhararaja Rao Scindia and is daughter of the late Rajmata Vikauaraje Scindia of Gwalivor, who was MP for many years and Vice-President of the BJP. Vashundhra is married to the former Maharaja of Dholpur (b. 1953-)

2003-04 Chief Minister Uma Bharati, Madhyra Pradesh (India)

Held various portfolios as Union Minister of State 1998-2000 and as Union Cabinet Minister until 2003. In 2004 she stepped down after being charged with inciting violence during riots in the southern state of Karnataka 10 years ago. Also known as Sadhui Uma Shree Bhatari she is a Hindu Nun, and she holds the title of Sushree. (b. 1959-).

2004-14 President of the Regional Council, Ségolčne Royal, Poitou-Charentes (France)

1992-93 Minister of Environment, 1994-95 President of National Council of the Socialist Party, 1997-2000 Minister-Delegate of National Education, Technology and Science, 2000-02 Minister-Delegate of Family and Childhood and appointed Minister of Environment in 2014. Socialist Presidential Candidate in 2007. (b. 1953-).

2004- President of the General Council Marie-Françoise Pérol-Dumont, the Department of Haute-Vienne (France)

Vice-President of the Council 1992-2004, Vice-President 1997-98 and Secretary of the National Assembly from 1998. (b. 1949-).

2004- President of the Region Rosa Suárez Aliaga, Apurímac (Peru)

Vice-President of the Regional Government 2003-04.

2004-09 Premier Beatrice Marshoff, The Free State (South Africa)

Former Member of the Executive Council for Social Affairs.

2004-09 Premier Edna Molewa, North West Province (South Africa)
Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Tourism, Environment and Conservation in the North West Province 1996-98, MEC for Economic Development and Tourism in the North West Province 1998-2000 and MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in the North West Province 2000-04. (b. 1957-).

2004-08 Premier Zisiwe Nosimo Beauty Balindlela, Eastern Cape (South Africa)

Nosimo Balindlela was member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture 1999-2004. (b. 1929-).

2004-09 Premier Dipuo Peters, Northern Cape (South Africa)

Former Member of the Executive Council of Education and later for Arts and then for Health.

2004 Acting Premier Catherine Mabuza, Limpopo (South Africa)

Acted from 22nd of April as the incumbent Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi was elected MP. Sello Moloto is sworn in as new premier on 26th of April.

2004-13 Landeshauptfrau Gabi Burgstaller, Salzburg (Austria)

Until 2002 Parliamentary Leader of SPÖ in the Province, Landeshaputmann-Sellvertreterin and Councillor in charge of Municipalities, Health, Youth, Women, Consumer's Protection
2002-04 and Chairperson of the local SPÖ 2004-13. (b. 1963-).

2004-05, 2008-09 and 2014-15 President of the Government Barbara Egger-Jenzer, Bern (Switzerland)

2000 1. Vice-President and 2001-02 President of the Grosse Rat, since 2002 Councillor of Housing, Traffic and Construction and in 2003-04, 2007-08 and 2014-15 Vice-President of the Government.

2004-05 and 2006-07 President of the Council of State Sylvie Perrinjaquet, Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

From 2001 Councillor of State and Chief of the Departments of Finance and Social Affairs and in 2003-04 and 2005-06 Vice-President of the Council of State. (b. 1955-).

2004-05 Landammann Elisabeth Gander-Hofer, Obwalden (Switzerland)

From 1995 Councillor of Health and Security and 2003-04 Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government).

2004-08 Minister-Présidente Marie Arena, French Community (Belgium)

The government is in charge of the affairs of the French speaking community in Wallonia and Brussels, and had 4 female and 2 male members. She was Regional Minister of Professional Training in Wallonia 2000-03 and 2003-04 Federal Minister for the Public Services, Social Integration and Urban Development and Federal Minister of Pensions and Integration from 2008. She is of Italian origin.(b. 1966-).

2004-05 Chief of Region Louise Odette Rahaingosoa, Sofia (Madagascar)

MP 1993-2003, 2002-04 Minister of Culture. She is also known as Rahaingosoa Louise Odette Andriamaroseheno. (b. 1953-).

2004-09 Chief of Region Hanta Rabetaliana, Haute Matsiatra (Madagascar)

Dr. Rabetaliana-Schachenmann is a former Project Coordinator of WWF and Vice President of Madagascar's International Year of Mountains national committee.

2005-07 Chief of Region Moana Essa Raseta, Ihorombe  2007-08 Chief of Region of Sava (Madagascar)

Professor in biology and  horticulture and from 2002 director of an Agricultural School.

2005 Landammann Anne-Catherine Lyon, Vaud (Switzerland)

Chief of the Education and Formation Department from 2002.

2005-06 Landammann Brigitte Profos-Meier, Zug (Switzerland)

Councillor of Interior from 2001 and Frau Statthalter 2004-05

2005-06 President of the Government Council Dorothée Fierz, Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Building and Substitute Councillor of Health from 1999, Vice-President of the Government Council  2003-04. (b. 1947-).

2005-10 President Mercedes Bresso, Regione Piemonte (Italy)

Member of the Regional Council of Piemonte 1985-95, Regional Councillor of Territorial Planning 1994-95, President of the Provincia di Torino 1995-2004, Member of the European Parliament from 2004. Married to Claude Raffestin. (b. 1944-).

2005-06 Landammann Lisbeth Gabriel, Nidwalden (Switzerland)

Member of the Regierungsrat and Director of Agriculture and Environment from 2002 and Landesstatthalterin (Vice-Government Chief 2004-05. (b. 1948-).

2005-06 Minister for the Southern Province Alice Simango, Zambia

A nominated Member of the Parliament. The Provincial Ministers are no the level of Deputy Ministers in the Cabinet.


2005-07 President of Sametinget/Sámediggi Aili Keskitalo in Norway

As President she is both Head of the Parliament and the Executive of the Sami Entity in Norway. She took office on 18. October. Leader of Norske Samers Riksforbund since 2003. A few days after her election she was admitted to hospital because of heart failure (b. 1970-).


2005 Acting President of the Sameting/Sámediggi Randi Skum in Norway (23.10-mid November)

Member of the Assembly from 1997 and Member of the Executive from 2001. (b. 1967-).


2006 and 2012 President of the Government Elisabeth Baume-Schneider, Republic and Canton of Jura (Switzerland)

President of the Parlement 1999-2000 and Minister of Education since 2002 and Vice-President of the Government in 2005, 2007 and 2011. (b. 1963-).


2006-07 and 2011-12 President of the Council of State Karin Keller-Sutter, Sankt Gallen (Switzerland)

Councillor of State and Director of Justice and Police 2000-15 aElected 2. Vice-President of the Confederate Council of States in 2015-16 (To be 1. Vice-Presidetn 2016-17 and President 2017-18).


2006-07 Landammann Beatrice Jann, Nidwalden (Switzerland)

1999-2000 Vice-President of the Landrat and Member of the Regierungsrat and Director of Education since 2002-10 and Landesstatthalterin 2005-06.


2007 President of the Council of State Isabelle Chassot, Fribourg (Switzerland)

Councillor of Education, Culture and Sport since 2002. and Vice-President of the Council of State in 2006. (b. 1965-).


2007 and 2012 Schultheiss Yvonne Schärli-Gerig, Luzern (Switzerland)

President of the Grand Conseil in 2002 and Councillor of Justice, Military and Police since 2003 and Statthalter 2006 and 2011. (b. 1952-).


2007-08 President of the Government Eva Herzog, Basel-Stadt (Switzerland)

Councillor of Finance from 2004 and Vice-President of the Government 2006-07. (b. 1961-).


2007-08 and 2012-13 President of the Government Sabine Pegoraro, Basel-Landschaft (Switzerland)

Councillor of Finance from 2003 and Vice-President of the Government 2006-07 and 2011-12. (b. 1961-).

2007-12 Premier Anna Bligh, Queensland (Australia)

Minister of Disability Services and Families, Youth and Community Care until 2000. Education Minister 2000-05 and Minister of Arts 2004-05, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Minister for State Development, Trade and Innovation 2005-07 and Labour Leader 2007-12. 

2007-08 Chairperson of the Regional Government Irina Ilyinichna Skorokhodova, Yaroslav (Russia)
1. Vice-Governor of the Oblast.


2007-09 Chief of Region Anjara Manantsara, Diana (Madagascar)

Since 2009 Secretary General of the Ministry of Decentralisation.

2007-09 Chief of Region Samoëline Raheliarisoa, Atsimo-Andrefana (Madagascar)

Also know as Samuëline

2008 President of the Government Ursula Hafner-Wipf, Schaffenhausen (Switzerland)

President of the Kantonsrat in 2000 and Chief of the Department of Interior since 2005 and Vice-President of the Government.

2008 and 2013 Landammann Esther Gassler-Leuenberger, Solothurn (Switzerland)

Councillor of Economy from 2005 and Vice-Landammann in 2007 and 2012

2008-10 Landamman Marianne Dürst-Kundert, Glarus (Switzerland)

Councillor of Interior and Economy 1998-2014 and Landesstatthalter in  2014. (b. 1961-).

2008-15 President of the Regional Council Marie-Marguerite Dufay, France-Comté (France)
2015- President of the Regional Council of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

1. Vice-president through a number of years, she was first Acting President of the Re, when her predecessor died in office, and soon after elected to the post.

2008-11 President of the General Council Josette Durrieu, Hautes-Pyrénées (France)

Vice-President of the Department 1998-2002 and from 2008, Senator, Vice-President of the Nato Parliamentary Assembly and many other posts. (b. 1937-).

2008-09 and 2014-15 President of the Government Heidi Hanselmann, Sankt Gallen (Switzerland)

Elected Councillor of State for Health in 2004.

2008 Acting Prime Minister Khava Yevloyeva, Ingushetia (Russia)
Continued as Social Affairs Minister after her appointment as Vice-Premier in 2005.

2008-09 Premier Lynne Brown, Western Cape (South Africa)

ANC MP and Whip from 1994, Provincial Deputy Speaker 1999-2001, Speaker 2001-04, Member of the Provincial Executive Council for Finance 2004-08, Premier 2008-09 and Leader of the Provincial Opposition from 2009. (b. 1961-)

2008-President of the Region Nery Enni Saldarriaga de Kroll, Lambayeque (Peru)

Regional Vice-President from 2003, and took over as President of the Government when her predecessor became Prime Minister in 2008, Vice-presidential Candidate for Concerteación Descentralista as the running-mate of Susana Villaran de la Puente in 2006. (b. 1943-).

2008-13 Premier Eva Aariak, Nunavut (Canada)

Journalist and community worker, Language Commissioner 1999-2004 and 2007, the only female Member of the Legislative Assembly 2008-13.

2009, 2013 and 2017 President of the Government Rosmarie Widmer Gysel, Schaffenhausen (Switzerland)

Chief of the Department of Education from 2005 and Vice-President of the Government in 2008 and 2012.

2009 Acting Minister President Birgit Diezel, Thüringen (Germany) (January-April and September)

Secretary of State of Finance 1999-2002, Minister of Finance 2002-09, Vice-Premier 2004-09 and Acting Premier when the incumbent was seriously hurt in a skiing accident and again after his resignation following his defeat in the local elections. Also Deputy Chairperson of the CDU in Thüringen and Acting Chairperson from 2009 and President of the Landtag 2009-14. (b. 1958-).

2009- Premier Helen Zille, Western Cape (South Africa)

Otta Helene Maree née Zille is a former anti-Apartheid Activist, Member of the Executive Council for Education in Western Cape 1999-2004, Member of the National Assembly 2004-06, Mayor of Cape Town 2006-09 and Leader of the Democratic Alliance from 2007. As Premier she appointed a Cabinet with 10 male members, 6 of them white. (b. 1951-)

2009-14 Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Gauteng (South Africa)

Provincial Member of Executive Council for Housing 2004-09 and national Minister of Water and Sanitation from 2014. (b. 1963-)

2009-14 Premier Noxolo Kiviet, Eastern Cape (South Africa)

Speaker of the Provincial Assembly 2004-09.

2009- Premier Maureen Modiselle, North West (South Africa)

Provincial Member of the Executive Council for Safety and Liaison 2004-09. (b. 1941-).

2009-13 Premier Hazel Jenkins, Northern Cape (South Africa)

Mayor of the BoKaroo District Municipality until 2009. On sick-leave since she collapsed while delivering her state-of-the-province address last year after suffering a brain aneurysm in 2012 until she resigned from the Assembly in 2013.

2009-13 Regional Minister Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Central Region (Ghana)
As Regional Minister she was member of the national cabinet and in charge of the regional government.

2009-10 and 2014-15President of the Government Regine Aeppli, Zürich (Switzerland)

Councillor of Education from 2003 and Vice-President of the Government 2008-09 and 2013-14.

2009-10 Landammann Esther Gasser Pfulg, Obwalden (Switzerland)

Councillor of Security and Health and 2009 Landstatthalter (Deputy Chief of Government).

2009-14 Minister President Christine Liebknecht, Thüringen (Germany)

Evangelican-Lutheran Pastor in Weimar 1984-90, Minister of Justice until 1999, President of the Landtag 1999-2004, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Group of CDU 2004-08 and Minister of Social Affairs, Family and Health 2008-09.  (b. 1958-).

2009-11 Premier Kristina Keneally, New South Wales

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services 2006-08 and Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Redfern Waterloo 2008-09, Labour Leader 2009-11. With Carmel Tebbutt as Deputy Premier it was the first time in Australian history that two women headed a state government. (b. in USA 1968-).

2009-11 Chairperson of the Regional Government Olga Kuzminichna Atyukova, Oblast of Penza (Russia)
Afterwards Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian President in the Central Federal District
2009 Acting President of the General Council  Christine Boutin, Yvelines
Former municipal and regional councillor, former mayor and deputy mayor, Vice-President of the Grand Council of Yvelines 1994-2009 and Acting President May-July 2009, MP 1986-2007, Minister of Housing 2007-09 (b. 1944-)

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